Every Single Canned Tomato Product You Need in Your Pantry (and How to Use Them)
Are canned and preserved tomato products from Italy that much better than their U.S. counterparts? I've always felt that way, but a recent trip to Italy where I got to witness tomato production up close showed me why.
It's all about commitment to process. Take this example: canned, whole peeled tomatoes in juice. In Italy it is a mere 6 hours from a tomato hanging on the vine in the field to being in its can, with no adulterants, additives, or preservatives. As Lino Cutolo, the president of the family-owned Ciao company said during a tour I took, "We have one job, get the peel off the tomatoes." They use a five-step heating and three-step cooling process to ensure that the tomato in the can tastes as close to the vine-ripened one you grow yourself.
Do you have to go to Italy to enjoy that devotion to detail and flavor? Nope! Italian brands of canned tomato products are in most grocery stores now—just look for labels that say "Product of Italy" and have a DOP designation, which attests to the origin.
Ready to stock your pantry with life-changing canned tomato products from Italy like I do? Start with your regular shopping list go-tos: crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and paste. Check! But there's more kinds of Italian canned tomato products that will fill out your pantry and your fall and winter cooking sing. Here are the 9 canned tomato products to stock up on now: